In photos: The faces and sights of the Meiji Shrine, Tokyo, Japan

In photos: The faces and sights of the Meiji Shrine, Tokyo, Japan

Earlier this month I was fortunate enough to visit the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo on a glorious late autumn afternoon. Here’s some of the things I saw on my walk around the park:

In photos: The faces and sights of the Meiji Shrine, Tokyo, Japan

Wikipedia says this about the Meiji Shrine:

Meiji Shrine is located in a forest that covers an area of 70 hectares (170 acres). This area is covered by an evergreen forest that consists of 120,000 trees of 365 different species, which were donated by people from all parts of Japan when the shrine was established.

The forest is visited by many as a recreation and relaxation area in the center of Tokyo.

The entrance to the shrine complex leads through the Jingu Bashi bridge. Meiji Shrine is adjacent to Yoyogi Park which together is a large forested area. The entrances open at sunrise and close at sunset.

In photos: The faces and sights of the Meiji Shrine, Tokyo, Japan

In photos: The faces and sights of the Meiji Shrine, Tokyo, Japan

A wall of highly decorated (but empty!) sake barrels lines the approach to the shrine. The Japan Times explains their significance.

In photos: The faces and sights of the Meiji Shrine, Tokyo, Japan

In photos: The faces and sights of the Meiji Shrine, Tokyo, Japan

In photos: The faces and sights of the Meiji Shrine, Tokyo, Japan

Many women and children were wearing traditional Japanese costumes.

In photos: The faces and sights of the Meiji Shrine, Tokyo, Japan

In photos: The faces and sights of the Meiji Shrine, Tokyo, Japan

In photos: The faces and sights of the Meiji Shrine, Tokyo, Japan

In photos: The faces and sights of the Meiji Shrine, Tokyo, Japan

In photos: The faces and sights of the Meiji Shrine, Tokyo, Japan

In photos: The faces and sights of the Meiji Shrine, Tokyo, Japan

In photos: The faces and sights of the Meiji Shrine, Tokyo, Japan

In photos: The faces and sights of the Meiji Shrine, Tokyo, Japan

In photos: The faces and sights of the Meiji Shrine, Tokyo, Japan

In photos: The faces and sights of the Meiji Shrine, Tokyo, Japan

In photos: The faces and sights of the Meiji Shrine, Tokyo, Japan

A marriage was taking place.

In photos: The faces and sights of the Meiji Shrine, Tokyo, Japan

In photos: The faces and sights of the Meiji Shrine, Tokyo, Japan

In photos: The faces and sights of the Meiji Shrine, Tokyo, Japan

In photos: The faces and sights of the Meiji Shrine, Tokyo, Japan

In photos: The faces and sights of the Meiji Shrine, Tokyo, Japan

In photos: The faces and sights of the Meiji Shrine, Tokyo, Japan

In photos: The faces and sights of the Meiji Shrine, Tokyo, Japan

Leaving the park.

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